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Ask Dr. Wickum: What Questions Should I Ask My Hip Surgeon?

Surgery is an important decision. Dr. Wickum offers a list of questions every patient should discuss with their surgeon when they are considering surgery.

The decision to undergo any elective surgery—including hip surgery—is not made lightly. With a variety of devices and procedures available, it’s important for patients to understand the pros and cons of their available options. Equally important to patient satisfaction is a realistic understanding of the rehabilitation process, and an accurate expectation of the surgical outcome. Dr. Wickum shares a series of valuable questions to ask your hip surgeon.

“I find it very helpful when patients come in prepared with a list of questions,” says Summit orthopedic surgeon and hip sub-specialist Dr. Daren Wickum. “A list helps patients formulate their thoughts, and they can also take notes as I answer.  Every question that is important to my patient is a question I want them to ask. There are a few questions, however, that I feel should always be addressed by patients considering hip surgery.”

Top 5 questions to ask your hip surgeon

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